|when||Trip Report : August 14, 2010|
|Trip Report : June 25, 2005|
|the hike||Plentiful wildlife and great views of the San Francisco Peaks are the major features of this Flagstaff section of the Arizona Trail. We’ll begin at the Sandy’s Canyon Trailhead. Most of the trail winds across Anderson Mesa, a broad grassy upland dotted with widely spaced trees. The open character of the terrain here provides excellent opportunities to view the area’s wildlife residents. Anderson Mesa supports a rich and diverse community of wild animals some of the larger and more visible are elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, wild turkey, Abert’s squirrels, coyotes, and pronghorn antelope. Finish the one-way hike at Lowell Observatory.|
|EC||+1000'-600' elevation change|
|elevations||6621' (Walnut Creek) to 7228' (Lowell Observatory)|
|rating||"C" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|on trail||100% — Arizona Trail, Sandy’s Canyon Trail|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|7:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.|
|If you are meeting us in Flagstaff, be at the Circle K, 3350 Lake Mary Rd. at I-17, by 9:15. See map.|
Take I-17 to Flagstaff. Get off at Lake Mary Road (county highway 3), exit
339. Turn right and go southeast 5.3 miles to a dirt road on the left, just
past the cattle guard. Turn left for Sandy’s Canyon Trailhead.
Those starting from Flagstaff should meet us there at 9:30 AM.
We’ll leave most of the cars at Sandy’s Canyon Trailhead, where the hike ends. Go back to Lake Mary Road, turn left and drive 4.0 miles, alongside Lower Lake Mary, to the paved Marshall Lake Road going uphill on the left. Take that road up Anderson Mesa 1.25 miles to the sign for Lowell Observatory. Go straight ahead on FR 128 and continue 1.0 miles to a fork in the road. Marshall Lake is just ahead of you. Turn left and drive 0.3 miles to Marshall Lake Trailhead, where the hike begins.
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